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Scopone Brunello di Montalcino is a critic's darling. James Suckling said it is a "dense and rich and structured Brunello" and delightful wine. We say this is your chance to stock up on one of the best vintages for Brunello in modern times.
This brilliant Brunello was born in an epic 97-point vintage. Wine Spectator said this wine delivered "rich Brunellos, dense with tannins; the best have the acidity to age long term." James Suckling declared 2015 a fairy-tale vintage, and said that “The 2015 vintage is a historical year for Brunello and nobody should miss it.”
Coming from a long-standing winery, Scopone has a storied and intriguing history. This estate which was once a 19th-century farmhouse became a refuge for the displaced during World War II. After some ups and downs, it was finally acquired by the Genazzani in 1992. Soon it became a winery born of legend.
In 1993 the mythical winemaker Settimio Dinetti, born and raised among vines and wines, came bearing 50 liters of new wine from the old, old vineyard. Apparently, it was so impossibly delicious that the 50 liters were consumed within “a breath” during an anniversary dinner. Here's where the magic started. Under the guidance of expert winemaker Dinetti, Scopone released its first wine in 1997.
Scopone is the perfect combination of modernity and tradition. Tradition still snakes through the vines of Scopone, giving the wine a classic and distinctive character. But it is with state-of-the-art technology and modern winemaking that the wines achieve this level of excellence.
With love and passion, the vineyards expanded and were recently acquired by the Minari Family. The Minari family has continued the tradition and dedication to these vines. They have eager plans for further expansion. Under the Minari Family, “a new story is being born in the name of Brunello.”
This is a classic Brunello di Montalcino, and if you're a Brunello lover and savvy wine drinker, this wine should be in your wine cellar. James Suckling and WinesCritic advised that this 2015 Brunello Riserva is "ready to drink today." However, it still shows a long life, and it can be cellared for a good number of years. If you decide to open it now, we highly recommend pairing it with mature cheeses and broiled meats.
Aging: 24 months in French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese. This is truly a fantastic red with lots of ripe fruit and an intense, persistent aroma. Featuring round and creamy tannins, with a full finish. Drink TODAY!
A fantastic red with loads of ripe fruit and an infusion of toasted oak and wet earth. It’s very young now and needs more time to come together, but very nicely done. Full-bodied with round, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink after 2022. ~94 James Suckling./p>
A distinctly oaky nose with a coffee and chocolate note alongside some darker fruit characters. Rich ripe fruit with a mineral finish. ~93 Decanter.
The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is wonderfully perfumed and spicy, with balsamic-tinged cherry and hints of blueberry fruit, which give way to cinnamon, allspice, clove, and a dusting of confectioner's sugar. The textures are silky-smooth, feeling almost creamy at times yet perfectly offset by tart wild berry fruits and brisk acids, as fine tannins mount toward the close. This becomes quite dry and structured through the finish, yet there's plenty of primary intensity within to balance and guarantee a long and fruitful evolution. That said, the 2015 Scopone does show an influence of oak, which is quite appealing but not for everyone. ~92 Vinous Media.
Mature and decisive, scents of an open nature giving notes of wild violets, red prunes, black cherries in alcohol, and sweet licorice. Full-bodied, slightly dry tannins and a finale of an amiable nature, slightly heavy in the closing. Better from 2022. ~92 WinesCritic.com
~Gold Medal, Mundus Vini.
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About the Wine
Chateau Saint Pierre dates back to the 17th century. Henri Martin purchased the classified Fourth Growth Medoc estate in 1982. Henri Martin's family has a long history in the Bordeaux region, dating back more than 300 years. Today Chateau Saint Pierre is managed by Jean-Louis Triaud, who also manages Chateau Gloria and owns the Girondins de Bordeaux, the professional football team of Bordeaux.
The majority of their vines are located near the village of Saint Julien not far from Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou which retails for $200 a bottle. On average their vines are 50 years old. Saint-Julien has the highest concentration of cru classés with 11 over 900 hectares.
Chateau Saint Pierre is one of the few classified growths that does not produce a second wine. With complete focus on the Grand Vin and leading the use of technology in winemaking, it is no surprise this Grand Vin hailed a 'Bravo!' from multiple critics. Chateau Saint Pierre Saint-Julien was one of the first estates to use satellite imagery to help identify when parcels are ready to pick.
Aging: 14 to 16 months in French Oak
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc. Full-bodied, round, and refined. The nose shows espresso, blackberry, and floral notes.
This 17-hectare estate has been rejuvenated by owner Jean-Louis Triaud and is certainly producing some of the top wines from the appellation today. I tasted the deep, inky-colored 2015 Château Saint-Pierre twice and it’s reminiscent of the 2010, only with more elegance. In 2015 the wine is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc and it spent 14 months in 50% new and 50% once used barrels. Chocolate-covered dark fruits, damp earth, tobacco leaf, and lead pencil shaving-like notes emerge from this huge, concentrated beauty that has building tannin and a huge mid-palate. It’s an incredible wine that builds with time in the glass, has no hard edges, and is going to 3-4 decades of life. Bravo! ~97 Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Saint-Pierre offers more fruit on the nose than the Gruaud Larose with quite fabulous blackberry laced with pencil lead and tobacco. There is real joie de vivre and intensity here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but quite firm tannin, very well balanced and pure with a gentle but insistent, mineral-driven, quite sinewy finish that is an absolute treat. This comes highly recommended. Tasted twice both in London and Bordeaux at the property. Bravo. ~94 Wine Advocate
This wine has a very toasty style, with spice and wood tannins that give an extracted character with some bitterness. That contrasts with the fruit that is developing, and it seems that the wood will integrate over time. Drink from 2025. ~92 Wine Enthusiast